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FINE TANG DYNASTY GILT BRONZE QILIN - Mtl | Mid-West

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Lot 1059 Details

Description
PROPERTY OF A MONTREAL COLLECTOR, PREVIOUSLY IN A MID-WESTERN COLLECTION
(LOTS 1057, 1059-1064, 1068-1071, 1073-1074, 1084-1087 and 2012)


A GILT BRONZE FIGURE OF A QILIN CHINA, TANG DYNASTY (618-907)
Finely casted, chased and gilded, the eyes inlaid with red stones, with a naturalistically curved body depicted
in a semi-kneeling position, a right foreleg grasping a sphere, a ferocious open mouth with detailed teeth, a sharp horn on the top of the head, and a fur finely detailed and incised in locks. Wooden stand included.

Some figures testify of an early taste for wildlife sculptures in China. Indeed, a miniature figure of a bear made up of gilded bronze and inlaid with hard stones was offered at Christie`s New York, March 28, 1996 (lot 267). More recently, in September 2012, Sotheby`s New York offered a remarkable seated lion of the Tang Dynasty.

L: 14cm – 5.5”
H: 7.5 cm – 3”

E : 3.000-4.000
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FINE TANG DYNASTY GILT BRONZE QILIN - Mtl | Mid-West

Estimate CA$3,000 - CA$4,000Jan 26, 2013
Starting Price CA$500
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